USA, 2006, 83 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Detective/Mystery, Documentary, Educational, Political, Social Issues
Most of us can pinpoint where we were when we heard the news that hijacked planes had hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Many of us can do the same with respect to another seminal and shocking moment in American history: the November 1963 assassination of President Kennedy. Both tragedies altered the sociopolitical course of the nation; award-winning documentary filmmaker Robert Stone (Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst) draws subtle parallels between them as he reexamines the latter in Oswald's Ghost.
Kennedy's assassination inflicted deep wounds on the American psyche. Stone unflinchingly reopens them in order to deconstruct the myths and controversies arising in its wake, as well as to survey the permanent climate of distrust and disillusionment it, in conjunction with the Vietnam War, created countrywide. Noting that 70% of Americans polled believe Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone, he considers the profusion of conspiracy theories, plumbs the depths of political paranoia and studies the suspicions surrounding the Warren Commission. In addition, he incorporates never-before-seen archival material and interviews with authors Norman Mailer (Oswald's Tale: An American Conspiracy), Mark Lane (Rush to Judgment) and Edward J. Epstein (Legend: The Secret World of Lee Harvey Oswald), as well as with presidential candidate Gary Hart, political activist Tom Hayden and still others, to offer comprehensive insight into our decades-long obsession with the historic mystery.
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DIRECTOR: Robert Stone
Producer: Mark Samels (Executive), Robert Stone, Sharon Grimberg
Editor: Robert Stone, Don Kleszy
Screenwriter: Robert Stone
Cinematographer: Howard Shack